I have a confession to make. I am a junk food junkie! I grew up loving all things “Junk food.” My favorite foods included pizza, ice cream, pasta, burgers and cookies! Thankfully, in my wiser years (if those even exist) I have learned that although I can’t eat these sorts of foods in abundance, I can substitute healthy alternatives like:
Around this time of year, one of the most popular cookies are Samoa Girl Scout Cookies. I mean come on, these things are genius! Caramel, toasted coconut, chocolate all on top of a delicious little cookie? In my opinion, this dessert is absolutely perfect.
Since I have been seeing Samoa Cookies just about everywhere, and have had some friends ask if I had a healthy version of these bad boys, I decided to make Cookies To Kale approved Samoas! I thought about making healthy cookies, but realized that it isn’t necessarily the cookies that I love, but the flavor combinations. I thought that a delicious bowl of dessert for breakfast would be better!
Yup, this bowl of delicious flavors and textures is just as good, if not better than one small cookie. Think about it. A cookie is there, and then gone in just about 2 bites. Oatmeal lasts longer, and you can enjoy your Samoa Cookie for an entire breakfast!
WARNING: This oatmeal is addictive, and will leave you with a goofy childlike smile. You’ve been warned.
- ½ cup oats
- 1 cup water
- 3 TBS Canned lite coconut milk*
- 3 TBS unsweetened coconut
- ½ tsp chia seeds
- 1 packet stevia
- 2 TBS chocolate chips
- Optional: melted magic shell
- additional 1 TBS toasted coconut
- HEALTHY CARAMEL
- ½ banana mashed
- 1 medjool date soaked and mashed
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- ½ tsp maple syrup extract (optional)
- ½ tsp honey
- pinch of salt
- In a bowl, combine oats, water, stevia, salt and chia seeds
- Microwave for about 1-1/2 minutes (watch to make sure oatmeal doesn't spill over the bowl!)
- Place medjool date in a small bowl of warm water and allow to sit for five minutes
- Spray a pan with nonstick cooking spray
- Add 3 TBS coconut to pan, a bit of salt, and turn flame to medium heat
- toast for about 1-2 minutes (coconut will turn a light brown color, make sure it doesn't burn!)
- In a jar or tupperware, combine oats, toasted coconut, and 3 TBS coconut milk, cover and put in fridge
- Now make your caramel: Drain water from date bowl, take soaked medjool date, and using your hands, mash it
- Add ½ mashed banana and to the bowl and mash together trying to remove as many lumps as possible
- Add remaining caramel ingredients and combine completely *
- Put in the fridge overnight to set
- In the morning, transfer oatmeal to a bowl, top with caramel, chocolate chips, optional magic shell and additional coconut
*I tried making my caramel in a food processor but mine was too big to blend ingredients for a single serving of caramel. Yours may work and would ultimately create the same thing.